India logs 247,000 new coronavirus cases, sharpest daily hike so far Jan 14, 2022 0 0 12345 DPANew DelhiIndia recorded more than 247,000 coronavirus cases on Thursday, its biggest-day single-day rise since the beginning of the pandemic, according to officials and news reports. The pandemic’s third wave in India has been fuelled by the highly infectious Omicron variant, which is spreading exponentially in bigger cities like New Delhi and Mumbai.A total of 247,417 new infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, 52,697 more than the previous day, federal Health Ministry data showed. Although there have been larger increases in overall numbers in the past, it was the sharpest jump the country has seen yet.India’s previous highest increase in coronavirus cases in a single day was a jump of 43,196 recorded on April 27, according to the Times of India daily. This is also the first time since May 26 that the country’s daily infection tally crossed 200,000, the report said.The daily positivity rate of Covid-19 - that is the percentage of tests that turn out positive - has increased manifold in recent weeks and is recorded at 13.11 per cent currently. India faced a second wave of pandemic fuelled by the Delta variant between April and June that saw a peak of 400,000 daily cases overwhelm its health infrastructure. The country of 1.3 billion has a caseload of Covid-19 so far of more than 35 million, second only to the United States.Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a review meeting with Chief Ministers of all states on the COVID situation in the country and emphasised vaccination and usage of masks and social distancing against coronavirus amid Omicron surge. He also said that amid the COVID surge, the focus should be on local containment of the virus spread as well as ensuring minimum damage to livelihood. As many as 380 people died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, but the high fatalities are attributed to a revision of casualty figures from the Kerala state. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES New daily high of Covid cases prompts closures in Philippines Jan 14, 2022 0 0 In a world first, Syrian officer indicted for war crimes in German court Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Public transport drivers block roads in Lebanon to protest economic hardship Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Taipei defends Taiwan academic attacked by Chinese media for article Taipei Taiwan’s government on Thursday vowed to defend an academic accused by Chinese media of breaking Hong Kong’s national security law by writing an article mainland media claim was pro-Hong Kong independence. .. Botswana to sell 300 elephant trophy hunter licences DPA Gaborone Botswana plans to issue licences to hunt 294 elephants during the opening of this year’s hunting season in April. According to the national park director responsible for issuing the licences, Kabelo .. landmark leap: UN rights chief New York UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has hailed the trial and conviction in Germany of a Syrian former intelligence officer accused of crimes against humanity. “It is a landmark leap forward in the .. Probe starts after two Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire in Jordan Valley Tel Aviv Two Israeli officers are dead after a friendly fire incident during a security patrol adjacent to a military base in the Jordan Valley, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said on Thursday. “The officers were .. Nobel prize committee calls on Ethiopian laureate to end Tigray conflict Copenhagen The awarding institution of the Nobel Peace Prize has called on Ethiopian laureate Abiy Ahmed to put an end to the armed conflict in the Tigray region. “As prime minister and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, ..